The Daily Mail is as clueless as ever, but despite the defendants' protestations, this was not actually a racial issue at all. These men were enjoying the sex slaves allowed by the Qur'an (men may enjoy "what your right hands own," 4:3) and Islamic law from among unbelieving women.
"Grooming gang found GUILTY: Nine men shared girls aged 13 to 15 for sex and raped one up to twenty times a day," by Graham Smith and Damien Gayle for the Daily Mail, May 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Nine men were today found guilty of grooming and passing round vulnerable white schoolgirls aged between 13 and 15 for sex after plying them with alcohol and drugs.
Five girls were 'shared' by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The ten-week trial was told that the men - who are all from Pakistan, some from the same village, apart from Safi who is from Afghanistan - groomed the teenage girls because they were vulnerable and from broken homes,
The jury of three men and nine women heard that the defendants plied the girls, some as young as 13, with fast food, drink and drugs so they could 'pass them around' and use them for sex.
The victims were picked up from 'honeypot locations' where teenagers congregate, such as outside takeaway restaurants, and were then taken to 'chill houses' around the north of England for sex.
One 13-year-old victim became pregnant and had the child aborted.
Another gave evidence of being raped by two men while she was 'so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed'.
The court heard that some of the girls were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with 'several men in a day, several times a week'.
Police said one victim was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night when she was drunk.
Detectives said she could 'barely recount the events' but her friend was downstairs and remembers 'innumerable men' going upstairs.
The leader of the Ramadhan Foundation has accused Pakistani community elders of 'burying their heads in the sand' on the issue of on-street grooming.
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the group, said police should not let the 'issue of race' stop them from addressing the issue.
The Ramadhan Foundation is a Manchester-based moderate Muslim youth group that works for 'peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all communities'.
Mr Shafiq said: 'There is a significant problem for the British Pakistani community, there is an over-representation amongst recent convictions in the crime of on-street grooming, there should be no silence in addressing the issue of race as this is central to the actions of these criminals.
'They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community....
Not "white," actually, but "non-Muslim."
'I urge the police and the councils not to be frightened to address this issue, there is a strong lesson that you cannot ignore race or be over sensitive.'
He added: 'I have been overwhelmed by the support the Ramadhan Foundation has been given by young people for our campaign on child grooming but concerned that community elders are once again burying their heads in the sand, this concerns us all and we must speak out.
'The community elders need to learn from the reaction of young people and reject any attempt to silence the reaction from our community.'
He said the police would need to 'reflect on their failures' in this case.
'Finally the far-Right and fascist movements are not welcome to Rochdale, we reject their division and hatred and it has no place in a tolerant and diverse society.
'We will learn lessons from this case but not allow outsiders to divide us,' Mr Shafiq added.
But Asian Labour MP Keith Vaz warned that blaming a particular race or religion for grooming young girls for sex risks opening up a Pandora's box over race relations.
Mr Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said the root causes of the criminality against young girls needs to be addressed and the focus taken off the ethnic origin, religion or geographical location of those involved.
Mr Shafiq also today paid tribute to the bravery of the victims. 'Without their contribution justice would not have been possible,' he said.
'Today's guilty verdicts are to be welcomed and I hope the message goes out that if you engage in these crimes, you will be caught and brought to justice.
'These criminals have brought shame on themselves, their families and our community.'
The gang used a 15-year-old white girl they nicknamed 'The Honey Monster' as their recruiter.
She became the girlfriend of one of the gang and often plied the victims with alcohol, food and money. The court heard that she sometimes had sex with one man while another raped a girl in the same room
The 59-year-old man was found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, one count of sexual assault and an allegation of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation....
Taxi driver Abdul Aziz, 41, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was found not guilty of two counts of rape. Kabeer Hassan, 25, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, was found guilty of conspiracy and rape.
Adil Khan, 42, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Abdul Rauf, 43, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mohammed Sajid, 35, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy, trafficking, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child. Abdul Qayyum, 44, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy.
Mohammed Amin, 45, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and sexual assault. Hamid Safi, 22, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking but not guilty of two counts of rape.
Liaquat Shah, 41, of Rochdale, was cleared sexual assault by the jury and was cleared of conspiracy after the jury was unable to agree a verdict and the prosecution offered no further evidence. Qamar Shahzad, 30, of Rochdale, was found not guilty of conspiracy.
A spokesman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre said child sexual exploitation spanned 'all cultures and ethnicities'.
Yeah, these guys are Methodists, Presbyterians, Buddhists...
But she added: 'These cases do highlight that Asian males have been involved in an organised manner in exploiting young women....
Nice of you to grant, but if you really don't want this to happen again, you should be warning the Muslim community that they must take action against the beliefs that lead to it, or non-Muslims will make sure that this is done.
A victim of the ring said she was 'let down' by police and the Crown Prosecution Service because the issue of Asian gangs grooming young white girls was 'unheard of' at the time.
The girl, who was 15 when she was targeted by the gang, reported the abuse to police in August 2008 but the CPS decided not to prosecute because they did not believe a jury would find her 'credible'.
After reporting the abuse she suffered for four more months at the hands of the gang and continued to be forced into having sex by her 'friend' - a teenage girl who was acting as a pimp for the men.
She said the problem got 'worse' after telling the police.
'I felt let down. But I know that they (police) believed me... but... because they said to me at the end that something should have been done but the CPS just would not - what's the word? - prosecute is it?
'It's like, then, in 2008 it weren't really heard of... Asian men with white girls.
'It was just unheard of. I've never heard of it. Now it's going on everywhere. You think of Muslim men as religious and family-minded and just nice people. You don't think... I don't know... you just don't think they'd do things like that.'
The girl, now 20, only escaped the gang in December 2008 when she fell pregnant and moved away. She was then made to wait until August 2009 for the CPS to tell her they were not taking the case to trial.
Today, she called the men who abused her 'evil' and said she hopes they pay for their crimes. 'They ripped away all my dignity and all my last bit of self-esteem and by the end of it I had no emotion whatsoever because I was used to being used and abused daily,' she said.
'It was just blocked out, it was just like it wasn't me any more. They just took everything away and I just think hopefully they'll pay for what they've done.'
In 2011, CEOP conducted research where a number of police forces identified cases within their areas. These included men from all ethnic backgrounds - white British, British Pakistani, British Kurds, British Turks, Somalian and others.
'In one case it is known that the first contact had been by a white British male who groomed the girls as girlfriends and then passed them on to an Asian gang,' the spokesman said. 'We therefore feel it is important that we do not focus solely on one ethnic minority in case the groomer is part of a multi-racial group.'
CEOP said there has been evidence that recent cases of group-related child sexual exploitation have been perpetrated by of Asian or black offenders. The spokesman added: 'There may be many reasons for this, including the locations of the crime, the type and timing of the crime.'
No figures have yet been published to highlight whether this is a wider issue.
CEOP's spokesman said: 'It may seem to the public that there are a lot of stories in the media at present focusing on cases involving predominantly Asian groups exploiting white young women.'
She said it was 'important to recognise that these are not the only child exploitation cases in the UK at present', adding: 'If you focus too much on one particular type of offending you may miss sexual exploitation elsewhere.'...
Then, on hearing that the jury was about to return some unanimous verdicts, the 59-year-old ring leader stood up and shouted at the judge: 'I don’t want this biased jury. You are a biased judge. You are a racist bastard. You bastard!'
He was restrained by security staff and forcibly removed from the dock. Adil Khan also stood up and said: 'I don’t want to attend for BNP jury,' and he also left the dock.
On Friday afternoon the 59-year-old was allowed back into court only to be restrained again after a complaint was made about him by a jury member. He shouted: 'They are all racist b******s!'
Judge Clifton ordered him to be taken down and he shouted again: 'You racist judge. You racist jury. You lying b******s!'
One female juror was visibly upset by the outburst and Judge Clifton barred the defendant from coming back into court for the rest of the trial. He said: 'I’m not having members of this jury intimidated or threatened.'...
But the 59-year-old defendant protested from the dock. He said it was a 'very poor jury' adding: 'There are not any black faces on there. Only white people.'
He said: 'No black people. No Chinese people, no Asians. Only white people trying this. Surely there must be more blacks?' However, there was only one non-white person on the panel of 30 people from which the jury was selected and the trial continued....
The Daily Mail -- to say nothing of the judge -- should have called him out on this race-baiting. But that would have entailed getting into Islam, and no British judge would dare do that.